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Of late, I've been on a romance binge. I finally finished the Pink Carnation series, The Lure of the Moonflower. I put off reading the last novel for two reasons - one, I thought things had sort of gotten a bit silly in Miss Gwen's novel, almost as if the author's heart were no longer in it, and two, I nevertheless didn't want the series to end. I continue to believe that perhaps the author's heart was no longer in the series, and was only somewhat satisfied with the final novel, though I'm glad that folks got their happily-ever-afters. It wasn't as crisp and flushed-out as the earlier books were, character-wise. Alas. Nevertheless, the first few books remain among my favorite re-reads, along with Turnip's book.

I've also read quite a number of novels by Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Sarah Maclean, and Lisa Kleypas. This is what happens when you don't buy romance novels for a couple of years, and lots of yummy books come out and are just waiting for you to catch them up. Also, I never read the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn in the first place, and there are quite a lot of them waiting for me.

Excellent writing, lovely period details, feisty heroines, reluctant and/or enthusiastic heroes . . . what's not to love?

I am also in the process of reading a biography of Charlotte Brontë, A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman, which is really well-done. And I'm reading Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis, which is a passion project by my friend Jeannine Atkins.

What are you reading?


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TS Davis
May. 1st, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Lisa K...
It's been so fun being part of the (silent, lurking) crew on SmartB's - I've gotten all sorts of amazing recommendations, including Courtney Milan. I love all the authors you've mentioned, but have never read full series of any of them except for the Bridgerton books. Good times!

I am exciting about the Edmonia Lewis book! Isn't she something!?
kellyrfineman
May. 2nd, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: Ooh, Lisa K...
I read some Courtney Milan a few years ago. Elizabeth Hoyt, too. And I haven't picked any back up lately. I am really enjoying the books I've been reading (overall, the last Pink Carnation excepted).

And yes - Jeannine's book is excellent and super well-written, and Edmonia Lewis is absolutely fascinating.
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